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Hebesu

Hebesu or hebezu (平兵衛酢) is a small Japanese citrus fruit for which no species name seems to have been assigned. It is green in color, rich in acid and reported to have high amounts of a specific flavonoid which supposedly has anti-cancer properties.[1][2]

The fruit is considered a local delicacy of Hyūga, Miyazaki. It has been claimed it is similar to both kabosu (Citrus sphaerocarpa) and sudachi (Citrus sudach) but the fruit is not as well known outside of Miyazaki Prefecture.[3][4] Supposedly, the fruit was initially found during the Edo period by a Chōsokabe Heibei, from whom the fruit got its name (which means "Hebe's vinegar"). Chōsokabe began growing it on his land in what is now the Nishikawauchi Tomitaka area of Hyūga city. [5]

Hebesu grown in greenhouses are available from June, while those grown outdoor ship between the end of July until October.[2]

References

  1. ^ Tatsumi, Y. "Studies on the storage of hebezu fruits [Citrus sp.]". Miyazaki Daigaku Nogakubu, Kenkyu Hokoku 47 (1-2). Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Hebesu". Asahi Shimbun Keisai Keyword. Asahi Shimbun Shuppan. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Lady Hebe promotional character intrigues Japan". The Japan Times. Kyodo. August 4, 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Hebesu". Digital Daijisen Plus. Shogakukan. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "長曽我部平兵衛". SIIIS, Inc.